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Women Latin PoetsLanguage, Gender, and Authority from Antiquity to the Eighteenth Century$
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Jane Stevenson

Print publication date: 2005

Print ISBN-13: 9780198185024

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2007

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198185024.001.0001

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Women and Latin in Renaissance France

Women and Latin in Renaissance France

(p.177) 7 Women and Latin in Renaissance France
Women Latin Poets

Jane Stevenson (Contributor Webpage)

Oxford University Press

This chapter examines late medieval aristocratic French women's patronage of writing in the vernacular and of translation. It discusses Christine de Pizan and educated women in 15th-century France. It also considers the reception of humanism at the French court, and the involvement of royal women as educators and scholars, particularly Marguerite de Navarre, Marguerite de Valois, and Mary Stuart. Non-royal women humanists connected with the French court, especially the scholar-courtier Camille de Morel and her relationship with the poets of the Pléiade, are discussed. The rise of academies at the court and in Lyons, and the involvement of women are explored, together with the importance of Lyons as a provincial center, the Mesdames Des Roches, and Louise Labé. Marie de Gournay is presented as an unusual example of the autodidact Latinist.

Keywords:   patronage, French humanism, Christine de Pizan, Marguerite de Navarre, Camille de Morel, French court, academies, Pléiade, Lyons, Louise Labé

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